CUCKOOS AND ANIS   -   CUCULIDAE


Little Cuckoo - Coccycua minuta
Little Cuckoo
Coccycua minuta gracilis
Finca Exito I, c. 20 km north of Puerto Quito, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
(S5)


Dwarf Cuckoo - Coccycua pumila
Dwarf Cuckoo
Coccycua pumila
20 km south of Calabozo, Guárico state, Venezuela.
One of the more distinctive members of the genus, restricted to northern South America. East of the Andes it is found only in the llanos, but west of the Andes in Colombia it is found more widely, occurring in inter-Andean valleys as well as flat lowland areas. (D3)


Dwarf Cuckoo - Coccycua pumila
Dwarf Cuckoo
Coccycua pumila
20 km south of Calabozo, Guárico state, Venezuela.
A different individual, possibly a young bird as it shows much thes rufous on the throat. (D3)


Squirrel Cuckoo - Piaya cayana
Squirrel Cuckoo
Piaya cayana thermophila
El Ocote Biosphere Reserve, Chiapas state, Mexico.
(S5)


Dark-billed Cuckoo - Coccyzus melacoryphus
Dark-billed Cuckoo
Coccyzus melacoryphus
Mitú, Vaupés department, Colombia.
Found over most of South America except for the far south and parts of the very arid west coast. It is migratory over much of its range. (S6)


Yellow-billed Cuckoo - Coccyzus americanus
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Coccyzus americanus
Perico, La Guajira department, Colombia.
This species is a non-breeding visitor to South America during the northern winter. The chestnut wings separate it from the otherwise very similar Pearly-breasted Cuckoo C. euleri. (S6)


Greater Ani - Crotophaga major
Greater Ani
Crotophaga major
El Paujil reserve, Santander department, Colombia.
Well-named, this huge ani is locally abundant along rivers and lakes from Panama to northern Argentina. They are sometimes in shockingly big flocks of a hundred or more birds. These four birds were perched beak-to-beak giving a very odd, drawn out, gurgling call. I'd love to know the purpose for this behavior! (S5)


Smooth-billed Ani - Crotophaga ani
Smooth-billed Ani
Crotophaga ani
Pousada Piuval, Pantanal, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
Three birds sunbathing around mid-day. It's the most common and widespread ani in South America. (S5)


Groove-billed Ani - Crotophaga sulcirostris
Groove-billed Ani
Crotophaga sulcirostris
La Segua marsh, Manabí province, Ecuador.
(S8)


Guira Cuckoo - Guira guira
Guira Cuckoo
Guira guira
Caiman Lodge, Mato Grosso de Sul state, Brazil.
A common and distinctive bird of open areas south of the Amazon basic. I've always wondered where the name "Guira" comes from. All I can find on google is a town in Cuba and a musical instrument from the Caribbean, neither of which makes sense for birds found in South America. If you can enlighten me on this, please send me an email! (D3)


Striped Cuckoo - Tapera naevia
Striped Cuckoo
Tapera naevia excellens
Rancho Naturalista, Cartago province, Costa Rica.
While singing, Striped Cuckoos often flare their crests and alula feathers, as you can see here. (D2)




Lesser Ground-Cuckoo - Morococcyx erythropygus
Lesser Ground-Cuckoo
Morococcyx erythropygus erythropygus
Northern Puntarenas province, Costa Rica.
I don't remember the exact locality, but it was in dry woodland not far from the coast. Not a "true" ground-cuckoo as it is in a different genus and is not a bird of rainforest. Still, it's a unique, monotypic species, and always great to see. (D2)


Pavonine Cuckoo - Dromococcyx pavoninus
Pavonine Cuckoo
Dromococcyx pavoninus
Intervales State Park, São Paulo state, Brazil.
A fairly widespread South American tropical forest species, but always scarce and shy. This was one of the very rare occasions where it sat mostly in the open. Too bad about those leaves in the way, which certainly detracted from the quality of the image. (S6)



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